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Shanghai to draw up technical guidelines on passive house constructions

Lydia Chen

By Lydia Chen

April 3, 2018

The Shanghai municipal government has started compiling a guidebook on passive house constructions, a move it hopes will encourage a more energy-saving and environmentally friendly construction model.

The Shanghai Green Building Council and East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. LTD will compile the book. The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has also endorsed the idea.

A passive house is a building that does not require conventional heating on account of its excellent thermal insulation. Such buildings are called “passive houses” because most of their heating requirements are met through “passive” sources such as solar radiation or waste heat from occupants and technical appliances. A Passive House uses about 90 percent less heating energy than existing buildings and 75 percent less energy than an average new construction.

China is making strong efforts to radically improve the energy efficiency of buildings. In 2019, the Passive House Conference will be held in China for the first time. It will also mark the first time the renowned conference will be held outside of Europe.

The conference will be held in Gaobeidian, a city in Heibei Province that is around 100 kilometres south of the Chinese capital of Beijing. A Passive House settlement is currently being built in Gaobeidian. Upon completion, it will be the largest energy efficient settlement in the world.

The 23rd International Passive House Conference in 2019 will be held in Gaobeidian, China, about a hundred kilometres south of the capital Beijing. The largest Passive House settlement in the world is currently being built in Gaobeidian.